One of the best – if not the best – things about music is the power it has to change the way you feel, both in the sound of the instruments and in the meanings behind the lyrics. Glasgow newcomers Bearers are a perfect example of this, and it’s safe to say that their powerful yet engagingly melodic metal sound takes you through a cycle of emotions and feelings.
The band’s impressive debut album Inhumation, released last month, focuses on violence and, specifically, the most brutal things ever to have happened within humanity, real-life monstrosities, what drives people to commit them, and the effects on their survivors. Safe to say then that this is seriously hard-hitting stuff, which the band describe to us as “absorbing, chilling and heavy.”
Expanding on this, they explain: “Everyone in the band agrees that music is an amazing way to communicate to other like-minded people. Music that makes you feel a certain way, good or bad, is fantastic. Even if someone listening to our songs doesn’t realise what they are about, it doesn’t matter because we all take our own meaning from music and that is an incredibly powerful thing.”
In terms of how it makes you feel, Bearers embody everything that we love about metalcore and modern metal – super-heavy groove, savage vocals, and unrelenting drums throughout. And thematically, that heaviness is replicated by lyrics focused on the violence possible and inherent in people and the damage that they can cause.
Having started out under the name of Bearers of the Divide, the band evolved in both name and members before settling on the line-up of Jase Holmez (vocals), Connor Smith, Murray Grant, Pete Dodd and Craig Ohare (drums). And that evolution culminated in the release of debut album Inhumation last month, which portrays the seriously heavy nature of this exciting new band.
A moody short intro track Purpose sets the scene, starting with building noise and a flickering bassline that continue under huge guttural screams then a chugging guitar and cry of “I must express myself in violence to be free” gives way to huge booming guitars.
That feeds straight into Remains, which begins with huge guitar chords and darting guitars over a massive atmospheric backdrop alongside big screamed vocals. Big bass drum leads into brief clean vocals “What’s your addiction, What’s my addiction” before launching back into booming guitars under Jase’s powerful vocals. Then a section of more atmospheric guitars come in under cool high-pitched clean vocals gives way to almighty guitar chords and fun diving guitars. It’s seriously heavy stuff.
That’s followed by the lively Creep, which opens with a funky riff then huge screamed vocals over stabbing guitars and rolling drums, before launching into booming guitars under savage screams. Twinkling guitars come in as the pounding drums and heavy vocals continue.
And that’s followed by the near six-minute-long lead single Prey, which focuses on predator-prey interaction and the randomness of survival. It opens with really cool bursts of high-pitched guitar then a huge smash of heavy guitars and big screamed vocals, before dropping into big drawn-out high-pitched guitars in a more atmospheric section.
Huge screamed vocals return over a mass of instrumental noise, then a big “Bleugh” cry gives way to pummelling guitars with a flickering guitar over the top and eerie synth sounds in the background. A second chorus ends on a big low-tuned guitar note then masses of chugging low-tuned guitar and big doomy drums.
The huge sound suddenly drops out, then dives into a return of the opening high-pitched guitar and another chorus, which feeds into a huge guitar solo. It’s a bit of an epic, and you can check it out in the video below:
The heaviness is relentless on the album, including the huge Confined, then Neurotic which starts with a big cry of “What have I done” that gives way to an onslaught of savagely heavy guitars and drums.
On the album, ahead of its launch, they told us: “We cannot wait to let people hear it. It’s been in the works for a while now and a lot has changed, not just within the album but within the band. It’s been a journey to say the least. So it’s good to finally have all of our hard work out there for people to listen to. We have carefully planned and refined Inhumation to tell a story, each song is a different chapter of a story. It’s heavy, it’s catchy and it’s full of depth.
“We’ve tried to write this album as a story about madness, anger, despair and the overall instability of life. Instrumentally we’ve produced something that matches this theme to help guide the listener’s thoughts and feelings. We’ve tried to ensure the songs still sound organic and natural, keeping a good contrast within and between songs and of course including just the right amount of brutality throughout.”
Bearers have taken inspiration from bands that make a statement to the metal genre by taking risks, from Korn and Slipknot to Meshuggah, Periphery and many more. That’s not just in their music but also in their stage show, and it’s exciting to see a new band that is similarly inclined to try and do something different.
In terms of what influences their music, the band tells us: “The most brutal, violent things ever to have happened within humanity has been caused by humanity. We’ve taken inspiration from real-life monstrosities, those who have been born into the wrong existence.
“Despair, violence, anger and rage. Strong emotions that drive these monsters to commit such horrific crimes. The survivors who deal with the consequences and the products of these monsters. Each song is put to you from a different perspective, a full 360 view of violence.”
There’s plenty more to come from Bearers, and they’re a band that isn’t afraid to mix things up. As they explain: “We want to continue making music of course and continue to entertain people. We are writing new material at the moment for our future release, which we’re very excited about. We want to change it up, experiment, see what works and what doesn’t. Go against the grain and create something new. I think this way you continue to grow as a band and I think it keeps fans interested as well.”
When asked if there’s anything else they’d like to add, they simply respond: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” And we think that succinctly summarises the pure brutality of this exciting new band, which is yet another addition to Britain’s strong new metal community.